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Old 11-05-2018, 11:53 AM   #1
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Working on the bus at -5 degrees

I keep breaking drill bits and the plastic stand for my work light stand shattered in the cold (the days are getting short). I'm a little worried about leaving bare metal exposed where I cut, but paint won't dry right in this weather.

I mounted a storage box underneath and 5 propane tanks. Next up, installing heat, both propane and auxiliary engine heaters. I also have two more storage boxes to mount.

My limit for working outside is probably -10. Not sure how well the propane heat will work for inside jobs lower than that.
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:58 AM   #2
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Bare metal can be coated with petroleum jelly at cut surfaces until temperature is good for painting (assuming use of a solvent to clean the part before coating).
It's not a long term solution, but it will keep the metal from rusting.
Don't use it on the floors unless you like falling on your butt. Lol
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I keep breaking drill bits and the plastic stand for my work light stand shattered in the cold (the days are getting short). I'm a little worried about leaving bare metal exposed where I cut, but paint won't dry right in this weather.

I mounted a storage box underneath and 5 propane tanks. Next up, installing heat, both propane and auxiliary engine heaters. I also have two more storage boxes to mount.

My limit for working outside is probably -10. Not sure how well the propane heat will work for inside jobs lower than that.
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Old 11-05-2018, 12:31 PM   #3
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My patience snaps more often than my drill bits do. Getting up is the worst. The metal floor is covered in pools of condensation, and my mustache is dripping like a sponge.

You have my respect. It's colder where you are.
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:36 PM   #4
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If you are breaking drill bits you are pushing too hard. Use lubricant made for the job of drilling and sharp bits. let your bits cool some after drilling.


Propane inside will make lots of condensation which will freeze and get into your dash electronics etc, they might be ok but look for issues after you are finished working in the spring.



Better too work short shifts in the cold rather than try to warm it with propane. Wood heat might be better as it is drier, if only in a temporary situation.



I wouldn't think the cold would bother you living up there.


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Old 11-05-2018, 01:44 PM   #5
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I've been able to stay warm while working just fine - my fingers get cold if I have to take my gloves off, but that's it.

The bigger issue is all the snow on the ground. We don't have much yet, but it'll be a problem before long. Things disappear if you drop them or get covered up easily. Anything warm melts it, which then refreezes making a thin sheet of ice coated in dirt if you've scaped down that far.
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I've been able to stay warm while working just fine - my fingers get cold if I have to take my gloves off, but that's it.

The bigger issue is all the snow on the ground. We don't have much yet, but it'll be a problem before long. Things disappear if you drop them or get covered up easily. Anything warm melts it, which then refreezes making a thin sheet of ice coated in dirt if you've scaped down that far.



Lay a tarp down where you are standing to catch things that you may drop.


Hands here too get the coldest first but just persevere and keep them as warm as you can. If I sweat I'm done like dinner and it is time to go for a shower and dry clothes again.


I feel your pain, did it most of my life and still am.


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Old 11-05-2018, 02:04 PM   #7
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I think the key is to just be more deliberate about everything.
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:16 PM   #8
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One day you will look back at your accomplishments and wonder how you ever pulled them off. You want that bus done come hell or high water and not sure i would attempt that in your part of the world.



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Old 11-06-2018, 10:25 AM   #9
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Projects this winter:
1. Hook up my propane tanks to appliances. I have 3x 20lb tanks and 1x 100lb tank hung underneath the bus. I'm hooking up an oven, generator, water heater, and furnace. And, capped-off expansion ports for a fridge and second generator. I'm using Home Flex stainless steel tubing.
2. Hook up my auxiliary bus heaters. I have 3x 40k BTU Summit Racing Auxiliary heaters and 1x 28k BTU heater. The previous owner of this bus cut all the coolant lines as far back as he could reach, so I need to do some disassembly to reconnect.
3. Hang two more underbody storage boxes. The bus came with a 48x18x18 box and I hung another 18x18x36 box already. I have another 18x18x36 box and an 18x18x24 box on order.
4. Install clamps for tools (shovel, pick, ax, tanker's bar, cheater pipe, breaker bar)
5. Install electrical wiring - I have the circuit breakers already, and I'm moving the batteries into an under-bus storage box. The generator isn't getting put in the bus until spring though.

In the spring, I plan on skinning over about half my windows, installing the plumbing, putting in the generator, installing new roof hatches, and replacing the door. Once I do all that, I'm ready to insulate and finish the interior. I'll also be ready to paint the exterior.

My main challenge isn't the cold - it's work. I've been gone 7 of the last 11 weeks and work 60-75 hours per week when I'm here. I'll be gone at least 8 more weeks this winter too. Slow progress is better than no progress.
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Old 11-21-2018, 05:49 PM   #10
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Cold does not break drill bits!



The one thing I see in videos very often is the operator 'wobbling' the drill motor. I don't know what they expect to accomplish. Drills cut on the end. Wobbling the drill does nothing but put strain on the drill bit. If you need a larger hole use a bigger drill bit. Wobbling the drill will not make a larger hole but will strain the drill bit and often break it.
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